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Chatting in the Stacks Podcast

07 Apr 2020

We're breaking the rule of silence in the library

If you’re missing the library, you can feel connected through our new podcast Chatting in the Stacks.

Over the last few months, our library volunteers have been breaking the number one library rule – silence – and joining our curatorial trainee Chloe Austin for some quality conversations in the Stuart Hall Library.

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the library, now is the perfect chance to hear from our volunteers who know it best. Every few weeks a new volunteer will be sharing their favourite finds from the collection and discussing how the library supports their research interests.


Latest Episode


Ep.3 with I-Ying Liu

Curator, I-Ying Liu joins our host to discuss her projects By Way of Returns (2019), and Infiltrating the In Between. They touch on topics including transitional justice in Taiwan, deconstructing the idea of Chinese Art and alternative forms of curation while exploring I-Ying’s main research interests: migration, language, translation and the concept of history.

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I-Ying’s recommendations:

2 March 1981 by Ting-Ting Cheng; The Shanzhai Lyric; Yishu; Odd One Out; Daikon; OOMK: One of My Kind; Amelia Jones, Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art and History (2012), and Xiaoyu Weng and Hou Hanru, One Hand Clapping (2018).

Find out more about the journals and zines on our reading list.

To hear more from I-Ying have a read of her blog post A view from elsewhere: Ten ‘Chinese’ Contemporary Artists, or her latest article in Cinezen.


Past Episodes


Ep.1 with Cheraine Donalea Scott

Doctoral candidate Cheraine Donalea Scott joins our host to discuss her research into grime and culture, they discuss the emergence of grime, the parallels between grime and 1970s punk culture and the policing of music.

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Apple Podcasts

Cheraine’s library picks are:

Syd Shelton, Rock Against Racism, 2015; Race Today (September 1976, vol 8 no. 9); Maxwell Tremblay and Stephen Duncombe, White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race, 2011; Rhian E. Jones, ‘Music, politics and identity: from Cool Britannia to Grime4Corbyn: The radical tradition in music, in its multifarious forms, has never gone away,’ Soundings (Winter 2018: 67); Monique Charles, ‘Grime Labour,’ Soundings (Spring 2018: 68) and BFM: Black Filmmakers.

These can be found on our reading list.

To hear more from Cheraine, check out her blog post Rock, Riots and Racism: exploring the parallels between 1976 and present-day Britain.

She can also be found on:

Twitter @goldielocs16

Instagram @goldielocs16 and @getaperspective



Ep.2 with Stephen Weller

Art History grad Stephen Weller joins our host to share his knowledge of Net Art. They chat about the emergence of Net Art, networked culture, exhibiting and archiving Net Art as well as touching on the work of Mendi and Keith Obadike, Devin Kenny, Keith Piper, Donald Rodney, E. Jane, Olia Lialina and even Jennifer Lopez.

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Apple Podcasts

Stephen’s recommendations:

Lisa Nakamura, Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet, 2008 and the Net Art Anthology.

Find them on our reading list.

Make sure to check out Stephen’s blog posts Acknowledging the Body in Online Art and Review: AUTOICON: The digital body – a work by Donald Rodney.

Future Episodes


Ep.4 with Kaya Birch-Skeritt

Ep 5 with Rashi Rajguru

Ep.6 with Xiaoyi Nie


Huge thanks to Shepherd Manyika and ETAT (Encouragement Through the Arts and Talking) who have allowed us to use music they produced in collaboration with local Westminster residents in the podcast, you can find out more about this project here.


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